Part of the Fire Island National Seashore this beautiful segment of the island offers a campground, backcountry trails, nature tours, one restaurant, and a large public boat marina for the more rugged retreat.
Watch Hill is the largest and most extensive of the Fire Island National Seashore visitor facilities and is certainly the destination for the more rugged retreat. East of Davis Park, it offers lifeguard monitored beaches, campgrounds, restroom and shower facilities, an array of nature trails, guided canoe tours, picnic area, grills, a marina with over 140 slips with water and electric hook-up service as well as an additional 29 day slips. There is a general store that sells snacks and souvenirs, a Tiki bar and the acclaimed Pier Restaurant.
It first opened to the public in 1967 and the facilities offered have gradually been enhanced and improved upon over the years. Watch Hill serves as gateway to the Otis Pike Wilderness Area, the only federal wilderness area in New York State and one of the last large tracts of undeveloped of barrier beach on the northeast coast. Established by act of U.S, Congress in 1980, the Wilderness Area was named in honor of U.S. Representative Otis Grey Pike, a champion of the cause to establish Fire Island National Seashore.
With concessions, a marina, restrooms and a campground available to the public – the beach is an ideal location for a fun day trip or weekend getaway. In the summer time, guided tours are offered by park rangers. For an informative tour of the area and all of the activities offered, a tour is perfect for first time visitors. There is even a bookstore on Watch Hill, so you can relax on the beach with a book in hand.
Accessible by private boat, lateral water taxi, or ferry out of Patchogue, NY, Watch Hill is a favorite day-tripper destination for Long Islanders or City dwellers via Long Island Railroad as well as the seasoned camper. 26 sand sites are available in the campgrounds and reservations strongly suggested. For camping reservations call 631-597-6664, the marina 631-597-3109, and for The Pier Restaurant call 631-597-9060. Sorry no roller-skates, scooters or bicycles on the boardwalks. However wheelchairs, baby strollers and wagons are permitted. Pets are also permitted, but must be kept leashed when in any Watch Hill public facility, lifeguarded beaches, or near any shorebird nesting areas. Please pick up and dispose of all pet waste properly so that the visiting experience remains enjoyable for all.